Miley Cyrus said she was filming a traumatic scene for Black Mirror at the same time the Woolsey Fire tore through Malibu and burned down her and ex-husband Liam Hemsworth’s home.
As a result, the “Flowers” singer explained in a recent installment of her Used to Be Young TikTok series that she suffered from panic anxiety attacks years later.
“I was filming Black Mirror and while I was there the Woolsey Fires happened in Malibu,” Cyrus said. “I was in South Africa but [the episode] was taking place in Malibu, so it was just a real trip. Two or three years after this happened, I didn’t understand, but I had this anxiety attack with a vision attached that I would be strapped down to a gurney.”
The scene she was referring to was when her character, fictional pop star Ashley O, was tied down to a medical bed against her will in an episode of season five of the popular anthology series. The scene was also similar to the harrowing dreams she was having in real life.
“I would have these dreams any time I would go to perform, and I thought that was just an anxious vision that made no sense,” she said. “But actually as my house was burning I was strapped to a gurney with my hands locked in handcuffs strapped to a bed [filming Black Mirror].
The following day, after her house was demolished by the wildfires, Cryus said in the TikTok video that she had to film the music video for Ashley O’s song “On a Roll,” which went on to receive more than 19 million views on YouTube.
“Found out that my house had burned to the ground, and this was the next day of [filming],” she added. “The show must go on.”
During her Used to Be Young TikTok series to celebrate her new single of the same name, Cryus has been looking back at earlier moments in her career as well as past relationships and friendships. Most recently, Cyrus talked about how she “didn’t make a dime” from her 2014 Bangerz Tour, as well as reminisced on falling in love with ex-husband Hemsworth while filming 2010’s The Last Song. She has also opened up about why she hasn’t toured in nearly a decade.